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Monday News:

Will Venable was 0-4 at the plate in the Padres' final game of the year, a 6-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

Venable's final stats:

28 games. 110 at-bats. 16 runs. 29 hits.

4 doubles. 2 triples. 2 home runs. 10 RBIs.

13 BBs. 21 strikeouts.

.339 OBP / .391 SLG / .264 AVG

Sunday News:

C. Young (7-6) - 6.0 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K 3.96 ERA. 98 pitches, 64 strikes.

Chris Young finished his season with a victory over Pittsburgh. Young improved to 4-0 with a 1.51 ERA against the team that drafted him.

Will Venable was one of Padres manager Bud Black's "pleasant surprises" in 2008.

The New York Times reports that Harvard coach Tommy Amaker has cut five returning players from the Crimson roster.

Saturday News:

Chris Young pitches for the final time this season as San Diego hosts Pittsburgh at 10:05 pm ET.

Will Venable was 2-4 at the plate in the Padres' 6-3 loss to the Pirates last night.

Three well-regarded prospects are reportedly making unofficial visits to Princeton this weekend.

When Blake Wilson left Princeton in late 2006, he was quoted that he would try and walk on at Saint Joseph's after sitting out a year. To update that story, Wilson is not on the 2008-09 Hawks roster.

Friday News:

Will Venable drove in two runs as San Diego defeated the LA Dodgers 7-5.

A unique 6'11" center from California wants to attend Princeton.

A top junior guard has verbally agreed to attend Georgetown.

Penn is the final Ivy League school to release their men's basketball schedule. Fall 2008 fundraising email.

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Is it November yet?


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Georgetown schedule released.

After much delay, Georgetown released their 2008-09 men's basketball schedule yesterday.

Sunday News:

C. Young (6-6) - 7.0 IP 2 H 0 ER 4 BB 5 K 4.11 ERA. 111 pitches, 66 strikes.

Chris Young threw seven shutout innings and sent the first pitch he saw at the plate in the seventh inning into the Nationals bullpen for hit his first career home run (video). San Diego beat Washington 6-1.

Georgetown coach John Thompson III was a visitor to the Padres clubhouse before the game.

Saturday News:

Will Venable had three hits, including his second career home run (video) as San Diego beat Washington in 14 innings.

Venable's Friday was less embarrassing than his Wednesday, when Padres rookies had to wear Hooters Girls uniforms on the team flight to the east coast as part of a hazing ritual. Consider yourself warned about clicking on this link. Venable had the good sense to position himself in the back of each photo, however.

Chris Young gets the start in DC tonight at 7:10 pm ET.

Two Georgetown alums have donated one million dollars to endow a men's basketball scholarship.

A question I don't know the answer to.

A reader asks:

"Who was the last Princeton basketball player not named Bill Bradley to wear #42?"

Anyone know? I'd guess someone on the 1960-61 roster...

Thursday News:

Kyle Koncz has joined the faculty at Lake Forest Academy.

The Princeton Packet recently spoke to Will Venable.

When interviewed by Sign On San Diego, Venable used a basketball analogy to describe running into an outfield wall at Petco Park.

Tuesday News:

Will Venable had two hits and a walk on Sunday as the Padres fell 8-6 to San Francisco in 10 innings.

Last night Venable went 1-5 at the plate in a 11-5 Padres win over Colorado. Venable is batting .311 through 17 major league games.

Lindy's has released their 2008-09 Ivy League preview, written by Craig Haley of the Trenton Times. Princeton's write-up can be found here.

Sunday News:

C. Young (5-6) - 7.0 IP 3 H 3 ER 1 BB 9 K 4.43 ERA. 109 pitches, 82 strikes.

Chris Young pitched well, but San Diego could not solve Tim Lincecum, who threw his first career complete game shutout. Will Venable went 0-4 at the plate, but did make a great diving catch you can watch by following the above link.

Venable was interviewed before the game by SF Gate.

Athlon Sports has released their 2008-09 Ivy League preview.

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